If you’re born in the 90s, and you’ve been following men’s fashion for a while, you probably realize that the phrase business casual attire is relatively new. Even not all industries accept this dress code. You will find it mostly in tech and creative companies only.
If you don’t know what we’re talking about, then you may need these clues: khaki pants, sensible shoes, and button-down collared shirts. Do you feel familiar already? Surely you’ve been seeing some people and even celebrities with such an outfit set. But how do you dress smartly with this style?
Know Your Company’s Official Outfit
Employers have different definitions of business casual—what’s acceptable in some workplaces may not be in others. For example, some companies allow employees to wear polo tees, while others require all employees to wear full-sleeve length clothing. Some companies require that employees only wear dark, solid-colored clothing, while others allow patterns and brightly colored prints.
Additionally, employers may require more formal business dress for certain situations, such as if you’re representing the company at a conference, trade show or networking event, or in client meetings. Always consult the employer’s published dress code policy to make sure your clothing doesn’t violate any rules.
Beware of Casual Fridays
Some companies allow employees to dress more casually on Fridays than other days of the week. However, every organization has a different idea of what they consider “casual.” In most cases, this means you can wear well-tailored, dark-colored jeans, but likely still have to adhere to all other dress code stipulations regarding shirts, footwear, and clothing length.
Look at Your Fellow Employees
It’s best to dress more formally on your first day at a new job. This will allow you to see what other employees wear on a typical workday and can model your attire after them. For example, if you’re not sure whether or not you have to wear a tie every day, be sure to wear one on the first day and observe other members of your team.
Go Formal for the Interview
When you interview with an employer, it’s best to overdress than to underdress. If a company has a business casual dress code, consider wearing a full suit to your first in-person interview. This will allow you to make a positive first impression and also identify what others wear so you can model after their style in subsequent interviews.